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Snowflake, Arizona

Snowflake, Arizona

The Town Where the Christmas Spirit Lives All Year

Snowflake is located in east-central Arizona where the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains offer some of the most exciting recreational opportunities in Arizona. From the majestic views of the Navajo Nation's famous Monument Valley, to the Historic Route 66 experience, and world-reknowned Petrified Forest, day trips north of the community can be packed full of adventure.

Founded in 1878, Snowflake was named after its founders, Apostle Erastus Snow and Mormon land agent, William Flake. Different than the rough towns that often sprang up in the Arizona Territory, the Mormon pioneers were determined that civilization, education, and culture were important. Churches, schools, and solid homes were constructed, and plays, musicals, dances and celebrations were enjoyed along with the hard work necessary to establish themselves in a new land.

Snowflake has enjoyed a modest, but steady growth through the years, and many descendants of those early pioneers still live on in the town. New families, "modern pioneers" are today making their home in Snowflake, to enjoy the friendly residents, clean air, and safe neighborhoods that still retain the pioneer atmosphere that is rare to find. The community has taken great care to preserve and the restore the historic aspects of the town, and many visitors come to the region to walk the historic buildings, monuments, and museums.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Snowflake Monument

Those acquainted with Arizona know that the Town of Snowflake receives its share of snow occasionally, but the naming of the town comes from a more interesting story, and the heroic-sized bronze monument on Main Street depicts the event.

Snowflake, AZ Monuments

Stinson Museum

When the Flakes entered the Silver Creek Valley, they found two adobe structures that had been erected by James Stinson, owner of the ranch. Eventually, the two structures were joined together into one continuous building that visitors see today as the Stinson Museum.

Snowflake, AZ Museums

Snowflake Temple

Only the 108th temple worldwide, and the 51st in the Continental United States, the temple serves nearly 35,000 Latter-day Saints (LDS, or Mormon) living in northeastern Arizona and neighboring New Mexico. The 17,500

Snowflake, AZ Temples

Petroglyphs

From 500 B.C. through 1350 A.D., early Native American tribes left petroglyphs and pictographs, gracefully simple designs scratched into cliff walls, overhangs, and monoliths. Common symbols include spirals, chevrons, antlered dancers, Kokopelli (the flute player)

Snowflake, AZ Petroglyphs

Historic Homes Tour

Many of the homes of the first generation of settlers still remain in a habitable condition with their original decorations and are listed with the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office. Six, of the over one hundred homes, are listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings

Snowflake, AZ Tours

Things to do near Snowflake, AZ

La Posada Hotel

This magnificent property, designed by Mary Colter, the famed Grand Canyon architect, is the last of the great Harvey Houses ...

Payson Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 2 days...

Snowflake Municipal Golf Course

The Town of Snowflake's community golf course consists of an 18-hole course, and a 9-hole course. Lush greens, the shade of c...

Silver Creek Golf Club

Silver Creek Golf Club is the newest 18 hole championship golf course in Arizona's White Mountains. Silver Creek was nominate...